Friday, June 22, 2012

YA Indie Carnival - The Nastiest Characters of YA

YA writers and bloggers unite each week to share their thoughts on what it's like going indie in today's publishing world.


Ooooo - this week is going to be interesting! Nasty characters (I rub my hands together). Why is it so much fun to come up with these people? What is it about writing antagonists that gives us such a thrill? I'm really not sure, but it doesn't stop our minds lighting at the corners when we delve into a good scene filled with high emotion and tension... a scene where our antagonist shows their true colours.


This week, we are sharing the nastiest character we've ever written and also picking out a villain or two that we've read and loved.


I'm actually going to mention a character from a book I wrote a few years ago. One that may never get published. The anatognist's name is Natalie and she is one nasty piece of work. She's petite with dark, shiny hair and bright blue eyes. She couldn't do any physical damage to anyone, but she is manipulative, selfish and driven to get what she wants no matter how much damage she causes to those around her.


I had so much fun creating her. She really is a meanie. I personally don't know anyone like her and I wouldn't want to! But it was so fantastic to be able to write lines that I would never dream of saying. I think that was the best part. 


Now - who do I think is nasty in YA fiction. The first character that popped into my head was James from Twilight. I think he is portrayed brilliantly and makes an excellent villain. In the movie version, I found him frightening. 


Who do you find scary? Or nasty? The type of character you read and get so annoyed with, you just want to see them go down in burning flames?



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8 comments:

  1. Okay so why you teasing us with her and we may never meet her. I hope we can. She sounds evil.

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    1. LOL :) I will definitely use her character type again. I'm just waiting for the right story :)

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  2. the manipulators are always the worst! At least with hard core baddies you know what's coming... when they are wrapped in a pretty package, it's super evil... awesome!

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    1. Yes - there is something quite delicious about the unexpected :)

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  3. Natalie sounds HORRID! You mustn't let her linger in the back of your mind or on a piece of paper somewhere. She sounds like she should be let loose.... Perhaps she ought to appear in your next book?!

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    2. That is great advice, Suzy. I'm actually wondering if I should unleash her male equivalent in my next book. Oooo - that could be fun!!

      (This comment is much better - spelling mistake free J)

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